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Integrating Lean and Six Sigma - a Holistic Approach

Summary: Many companies embarking on a lean Six Sigma program fail to get the most out of the union because they take too narrow a view of improvement. Organizations that successfully pursue lean Six Sigma will do so by taking a holistic view of the business, adopting a holistic improvement method, and establishing an integrated project management system. Achieving comprehensive improvement requires both the ability of lean to achieve simplicity and the ability of Six Sigma to manage complexity. Harnessing their mutual reinforcing power most effectively requires a holistic improvement system. In such a system, the ultimate criterion of success is neither reduced waste nor reduced process variation, but achieving maximum sustainable improvement.

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  • Topics: Lean, Six Sigma, Project Management
  • Keywords: Project selection, Process variation, Process improvement, Six Sigma, Lean manufacturing, Holism, Project management, Sustainability, Continuous improvement (CI)
  • Author: Snee, Ronald D.; Hoerl, Roger W.
  • Journal: Six Sigma Forum Magazine